Simple Definition of inveterate
: always or often doing something specified
: always or often happening or existing
Full Definition of inveterate
1 : firmly established by long persistence <the inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious>
2 : confirmed in a habit : habitual <an inveterate liar>
Examples of inveterate in a sentence
his inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious
<he has an inveterate tendency to tell some very tall tales>
Did You Know?
Like "veteran," "inveterate" ultimately comes from Latin vetus, which means "old," and which led to the Latin verb inveterare ("to age"). That verb in turn gave rise eventually to the adjective "inveteratus," the direct source of our adjective "inveterate" (in use since the 14th century). In the past, "inveterate" has meant "long-standing" or simply "old." For example, one 16th-century writer warned of "Those great Flyes which in the springe time of the yeare creepe out of inveterate walls." Today, "inveterate" most often applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence that it is practically ineradicable or unalterable.
Origin of inveterate
Middle English, from Latin inveteratus, from past participle of inveterare to age (v.t.), from in- + veter-, vetus old — more at wether
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of inveterate
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